Two iconic operas, Rigoletto and Madama Butterfly, have been announced for performances at Manchester’s Opera House on Saturday 21st March and Saturday 22nd March 2015.

The two productions are being brought to Manchester as a part of their national tour of Britain and Ireland by award winning producer Ellen Kent, who has recently brought performances of Nabucco, Aida and La Boheme to Manchester.

Starring internationally acclaimed baritone Vladmir Dragos, Rigoletto, is Verdi’s phenomenal work, based upon the play by Victor Hugo.  The production is inspired by the tradition of renaissance painting and reflects the sexual depravity of the Mantuan ducal court.  Rigoletto will also feature the magnificent golden eagle Nabucco and two regal hunting dogs.  The performance will include seductive naked chorus girls and scenes of nudity.

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Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, coming to Manchester Opera House

Madama Butterfly is Puccini’s popular tale which formed the basis for the West End musical Miss Saigon.  Starring Korean soprano Elena Dee, Madama Butterfly tells of a beautiful Japanese girl who  falls in love with an America naval lieutenant, resulting in heartbreaking drama.  The performance will feature a spectacular Japanese garden , antique wedding kimonos from Japan and authentic costumes.

Both operas will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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